Spiritual Care for the Alcoholic or Addicted Person Seminar Offered

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In Kentucky when you turn 65 years of age, you can attend state universities free of tuition. You can take courses that are fun and interesting or you can enroll in degree programs. A couple of years ago, I decided to take advantage of this life-long learning deal. This December I will graduate with a M.S. degree in Organizational Leadership.

It has been fun, stimulating, and affirming. I have grown and leaned into my aging process. As I approach the end of this journey, my adviser asks me if I plan to pursue the Ph.D. Hum! As I pondered that question, I was reminded of what Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow . Learn as if you were to live forever.”

Well, you can’t enroll in the Oates Institute seminars for free, but almost. For those of you who join or renew your membership from NOW through Memorial Day, you can enjoy a 15% discount. Besides earning continuing education credit, you can learn as if you were to live forever. Why not? You can email [email protected], or use this button: Learn as if you were to live forever.

You will then be eligible to take advantage of four great seminars starting next week (Tuesday). Lee Whitlock will be facilitating one of them, a new seminar: “Spiritual Care for the Alcoholic and Addicted Person.” Howard Clinebell’s classic book, along with other resources will be used to explore the understanding and care for folks in and out of the church struggling with addictions. Lee is the former Executive Director of the Beacon House, a halfway house for men in recovery and a former pastor. The seminar is FOUR weeks, and gets 16 CEUs. Check out the website HERE. Or send an email to [email protected]

Moral Injury is a recently identified issue with soldiers returning from combat. Spiritual care givers are uniquely qualified to help these men and women deal with the shame and guilt created by doing things against their moral teachings. The Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock is Research Professor of Theology and Culture, and Co-Founder of the Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School. Dr. Brock will present a live Adobe Connect introduction to her book, “Soul Repair, Recovering from Moral Injury After War.” You can participate in the three-week discussion about her book and this critical issue. Or you can choose to just join for the hour presentation.


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Pastoral Care Specialists Certificate to be re-launched in the fall

Pastors struggling to understand and meet the needs of their people can upgrade their pastoral care skills under the leadership of certified pastoral counseling professionals. Core seminars will include the following: Introduction to the Ministry of Pastoral Care and Counseling; Crisis Intervention; Grief and Loss; and Pastoral Assessment, Referral, and Supportive Counseling. For more information contact [email protected]

Putting Love into Action

Another resource for congregations and pastors is the Congregational Care Network program. This program will offer on-line training for non-professional clergy in spiritual care skills training. For more information contact [email protected]

The OI is happy to announce a new partnership with the Kentuckiana Pastoral Counseling Consortium. The KPCC has been providing American Association for Pastoral Counseling training for twenty years. See www.kentuckianapcc.org for more information.

As always, we thank you for your readership and faithfulness.

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